By Robert Alan Richardson Sports Writer
The boys’ team qualified for the AAA sectionals by finishing second in region 8-AAA behind Oconee County. Their sectionals were held at The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker State Park near Waycross, Georgia. This layout is very close to the Okefenokee Swamp as well and the similarities are very similar to the Okefenokee County Club in regards to local flora, bunkers, and lakes on the course (don’t forget about the dive-bombing mosquitoes the size of your fist). The par 72 course measures 6,595 yards and, like the OCC, it too is a design that will test your will.
Coach Tom Duff reported that his boys’ team qualified for the state golf tournament to be held at Brookfield Country Club near Roswell, Georgia on May 18. Morgan’s golfers shot a 314 in the sectionals that was good enough for a second place finish behind Blessed Trinity’s 304. Leading the charge for the Dogs were Eamon Owen-75, Carson Womack-79, Gregory Pecore-79, and Baylie Fowler-82. Any team that did not win their region, but shot under 350 as a team in the region tournament, qualified for the state golf sectionals. Ten out of 12 teams at the sectionals qualified for the state tournament by posting a low enough score.
Coach Duff made these remarks about the team and course, “We could have played better and I really don’t think any of the guys put up the score they wanted to. Some of them struggled some and were disappointed with their putting and ball-striking, but that’s the way it goes sometimes in golf. We just need to put in all back together and get ready for the state.” Duff described the course as very nice, but a typical South Georgia layout with flat fairways, few mounds, beautiful scenery, three or four ponds and numerous bunkers. He also told of an additional hazard on the golf course, alligators. Yep. Golf is certainly a difficult enough game without having to worry about some prehistoric lizard lurking in a pond looking to make a meal out of a stray golfer. “The kids had to walk around a couple of gators during their round.” laughed Duff. “The folks at the Okefenokee Country Club were very good to us and treated us really well. We had a good time there.” Good luck at state and Go Dogs!